Words By Adrian Loving
The mythology and allure of the 1970’s black action films such as Shaft, Uptown Saturday Night and Across 110th Street were consistently implanted in my consciousness as a kid. Such a different dimension to black life, and what better way to be inspired-than through the musical soundtracks of these films.
This particular mix of soul, funk and rare grooves was originally conceived one night as I sat and waited in the car (unusually long) to pick up my girlfriend for dinner. WHUR in Washington, DC was playing some chill jams during their 7pm Quiet Storm program. A few songs came on that made me feel like I was on a “stakeout”, hiding and waiting in the shadows of the night. Almost as if my experience was being “soundtracked”.
Alas, inspiration struck! I decided to make a dj mix that captured that immediate mood of color, complexity, suspicion, optimism and introspection. From that moment, A Funky Stakeout was born. Done several years ago around 2002 or so, this mix was lost in the dusty boxes over several moves (and girlfriends) in my life. A nicely mastered cd was recently discovered amongst other treasures and oddities in my music collection. I am pleased toshare this mix for your enjoyment!
1. Lou Donaldson – Ode To Billy Joe
2. Billy Brooks – Forty Days
3. Ronnie Laws Tidal Wave
4. Johnnie Guitar Watson – Superman Lover
5. Soul Searchers – If It Ain’t Funky
6. Marvin Gaye – A Funky Space Reincarnation
7. Patti Labelle – Funky Music
8. RAMP – Try Try Try
9. Collage – Do It, Nice and Easy
10. Fatback Band – Keep On Steppin’
11. 24 Carat Black – Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth
12. Sylvia Striplin – You Can’t Turn Me Away
13. The Pointer Sisters – How Long (Chick On The Side)
14. Kool and The Gang – Sugar
15. Ernie Hines – Our Generation
16. Quincy Jones – Summer in The City
17. Ramon Morris – First Come, First Serve